Q. Can I give Naltima 50 mg to my relative to make him quit drinking?

Answered by
Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi
and medically reviewed by Dr. Sneha Kannan
This is a premium question & answer published on Sep 04, 2020 and last reviewed on: May 08, 2021

Hi doctor,

My relative is addicted to alcohol. I want to stop him from having it. He is drinking alcohol for the past eight to ten years. I am feared about it as it can cause health issues like stomach ailments, vomiting, and irritating behavior. Now, it has started taking a toll on our married life. I want to make him quit this habit. Can I give him Naltima 50 mg dissolved in juice to quit his drinking habit? How long to be given?

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Hi,

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I understand your concern. There is no medication that helps to quit alcohol drinking without patient involvement. If the person is ready to quit it, then medication helps the person for having alcohol deaddiction. Giving Naltima 50 mg (Naltrexone) does not help in quitting the habit. It is important to know the reason behind alcohol consumption. There are many other factors that have to be known such as duration of alcohol consumption, a quantity of alcohol consumption, any history of withdrawal in past, any complication of alcohol in past, any family history of alcohol drinking, and any history of alcohol abstinence in past. These factors affect the management of alcohol deaddiction. It is impossible to quit alcohol drinking in a person without actively involving the patient and psychiatrist. Do not give any medication without informing him. It can cause dangerous life-threatening side effects.

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